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ERIC Number: EJ797136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0973
University Belonging, Friendship Quality, and Psychological Adjustment during the Transition to College
Pittman, Laura D.; Richmond, Adeya
Journal of Experimental Education, v76 n4 p343-361 Sum 2008
The authors collected questionnaire data from college students (N = 79) at 2 time points during their freshman year to examine how changes in a sense of university belonging, quality of friendships, and psychological adjustment were associated. Students who had positive changes in university belonging had corresponding positive changes in self-perceptions (e.g., scholastic competence, self-worth) and decreases in their internalizing problem behaviors. Although the results did not link improvements over time in friendship quality to changes in self-perceptions, the authors linked them to decreasing levels of problem behaviors. The authors discuss the importance of educators' fostering university belonging and positive friendships among students as they transition to college. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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